Dr Berni Sewell
Senior Lecturer
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 606504
Room: Office - 216
Second Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

Berni has been working in biomedical research since 2004 and started employment at Swansea University as a health economist in 2009. Since then she has been involved in over 20 projects as Principal Investigator or lead health economist with collaborators across the UK and Europe.

 Her main focus of work in recent years has been on cancer treatment, nosocomial infections, chronic pain and health technology assessment.

Recently completed work includes leading the health economic modelling undertaken to estimate the cost-effectiveness of stem cell transplantation and to inform guidance as recently published in NICE guidance NG52 (management of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma); lead health economist in modelling cost-effectiveness of new interventions in the treatment of chronic pain and lead health economist in the analysis of cost-effectiveness of a risk scoring tool in primary care.

Berni is the SCHE team leader for the health economic assessment of new medicines submitted to the All Wales Therapeutic and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC) as part of the review undertaken by the New Medicines Group and All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG).

Areas of Expertise

  • health economics
  • cost-effectivness
  • economic modelling
  • health technology assessment

Publications

  1. Davies, E., Phillips, C., Rance, J., & Sewell, B. Examining patterns in opioid prescribing for non-cancer-related pain in Wales: preliminary data from a retrospective cross-sectional study using large datasets. British Journal of Pain, 13(3), 145-158.
  2. Moriarty, Y., Townson, J., Quinn-Scoggins, H., Padgett, L., Owen, S., Smits, S., Playle, R., Dimitropoulou, P., Sewell, B., Kolovou, V., Buckle, P., Carter, B., Edwards, A., Hepburn, J., Matthews, M., Mitchell, C., Neal, R., Robling, M., Wood, F., & Brain, K. Improving cancer symptom awareness and help-seeking among adults living in socioeconomically deprived communities in the UK using a facilitated health check: A protocol for the Awareness and Beliefs About Cancer (ABACus) Randomised Control Trial. BMC Public Health, 19(1)
  3. Bates, J., Francis, N., White, P., Gillespie, D., Thomas-Jones, E., Breen, R., Kirby, N., Hood, K., Gal, M., Phillips, R., Naik, G., Cals, J., Llor, C., Melbye, H., Wootton, M., Riga, E., Cochrane, A., Howe, R., Fitzsimmons, D...., & Butler, C. General practitioner use of a C-reactive protein point-of-care test to help target antibiotic prescribing in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (the PACE study): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 18(1)
  4. Sewell, B., Rees, E., Thomas, I., Ch’ng, C., Isaac, M., & Berry, N. Cost and Impact on Patient Length of Stay of Rapid Molecular Testing for Clostridium difficile. Infectious Diseases and Therapy, 3(2), 281-293.
  5. Berry, N., Sewell, B., Jafri, S., Puli, C., Vagia, S., Lewis, A., Davies, D., Rees, E., Ch'ng, C., & Sewell, B. Real-time polymerase chain reaction correlates well with clinical diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection. Journal of Hospital Infection, 87(2), 109-114.

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Teaching

  • ASP109 Economics in Society

    This module provides an introduction to the relationship between economics and society as well as the role of economic ideas, approaches and analysis in social policy and social problems. A brief history of economic thought provides a backdrop to the development of welfare economics and debate about the involvement of the state and the market in social welfare, wellbeing and economic crisis/stability. The structure and operation of public expenditure management in the UK is explored, along with an examination of how money is spent across different sectors, services and social groups. Examples of theory, policy and practice are drawn from social movements, health economics and other fields.

  • SHQM22 Dissertation (Health Care Management)

    Students will choose their own area of study, in consultation with study supervisor, and in accordance with the aims of the award. Students will be encouraged to attempt a project-based, business-planning project while maintaining high academic standards in their research. However, students may also opt for a more theoretical exploration of an area of relevance to health care and health care management. The dissertation comprises Part Two of the MSc programme.

  • SHQM33 Economic Evaluation in Health Care

    This module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the key principles of health economics and application to health care decision making. Students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the methods of economic evaluation and how health economics can be used to support prioritisation within the wider context of competing demands for health care treatments or services. The module is relevant for anyone working within the field of healthcare (e.g. managers, practitioners, policy makers) who needs to understand, use, review or commission economic evaluations.

  • SHQM33J Economic Evaluation in Health Care

    This module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the key principles of health economics and application to health care decision making. Students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the methods of economic evaluation and how health economics can be used to support prioritisation within the wider context of competing demands for health care treatments or services. The module is relevant for anyone working within the field of health care (e.g. managers, practitioners, policy makers) who needs to understand, use, review or commission economic evaluations.

Supervision

  • Trends in opioid prescribing and associated resource utilisation in Wales (TOPAS) (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mari Jones
    Other supervisor: Dr Berni Sewell
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
    Other supervisor: Dr Berni Sewell
  • An Economic Appraisal of the ‘Well-being through’ work staff health and well-being service provided for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (awarded 2018)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
    Other supervisor: Dr Berni Sewell
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance